A Classic Ash Wednesday Post from our Archives #2: Seek the Lord and Live

March 5, 2014

Back in 2006 at the original site for Lent & Beyond, we hosted a Lent “blog carnival” with daily entries for Lent from various Anglican bloggers.  It was a great series.   I had the joy of penning the Ash Wednesday devotional for that series.  While clicking through some of our Lent links compilations the other day to make sure the links were still working, I happened to reread my post from 8 years ago, and I found the Lord using what I’d written then to  challenge me afresh.

So here’s an excerpt and the link to that Ash Wednesday devotional from 2006.

Seek the LORD and live…

Those are the opening words of the OT daily office reading from Amos for today, Ash Wednesday (ECUSA 1979 lectionary). I find it interesting that we have a call to choose life on a day when the liturgy during the imposition of ashes reminds us of our mortality:

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

and: Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

The theme of finding life through submission and obedience to in the Lord continues in the NT lesson from Hebrews 12, in verse 9:

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

Do we truly believe that in Christ is life, and that to live we must submit to our heavenly Father?

I don’t just mean this in terms of salvation and eternal life and the debates about apologetics, and the uniqueness of Christ in which we so often get caught up. I am asking myself this question today and challenging each of us to ask it of ourselves daily throughout Lent. Is Christ our life? Are we willing to submit our wills and desires to God? To choose to do what pleases Him? Do we believe that the joy, life and freedom He offers, that we find in yielding to and obeying Him is better, more satisfying than the empty pleasures of this world?

You can read the whole entry here.

A Classic Ash Wednesday Post from our Archives #1: Matt Kennedy on Lenten Disciplines

March 5, 2014

Back in 2005, the Rev. Matt Kennedy, an Anglican rector in Binghamton NY wrote a short article about Lent for his parish newsletter, which we posted on the original site for Lent & Beyond.  I think it’s one of the best pieces for Lent I’ve ever read in terms of really solid practical advice (for believers AND non-believers) about how to choose a Lenten discipline…

This year (2014) Fr. Matt has produced a short video (7 minutes) about Lent which covers some of the same ideas, which is highly recommended.  But I wanted to repost Fr. Matt’s original 2005 article as well, since it’s one of my favorite entries from the last 10 years.  Who can forget the memorable line: “if you have a problem with lust, don’t give up chocolate”?!

Here’s an excerpt from Fr. Matt’s 2005 article:

For believers, Lent can be a time when you actively work to rid yourself of sins that have grown into habits and/or addictions (yes, this should be something we do all year round but it’s helpful to have a time like Lent set aside for that very purpose).

So, rather than thinking about what vice to give up or what discipline to add, a better place to start is prayer. Ask God to search your heart and bring to your mind those habits of thought, word, and/or deed that displease him most. (Sometimes what is displeasing in your life will be so obvious that you won’t even need to pray, you’ll just know. The Holy Spirit living inside you will have made it abundantly clear already). When you ask this in sincerity you can be sure that God will provide you with an answer.

This answer will tell you whether you need to add a discipline or be rid of a behavior or attitude. If, for example you believe that God wants you to be more committed to studying scripture, then you should probably consider adding personal or group bible study to your routine. If on the other hand you believe God is displeased with the amount of time you spend on the internet or the kinds of things you look at on-line, then you should probably consider cutting out or down on your computer usage or installing some parental control program to keep you accountable (even if, especially if, you’re a parent).

In other words, your Lenten discipline should not be arbitrary. If you have a problem with lust, don’t give up chocolate. Give up whatever it is that leads you into lustful behavior. And don’t just give it up for Lent, use Lent to give it up forever. Let the Lord know that you are committed to turning from the sin he has shown you and then ask him to help you in your task though the power of his Holy Spirit.

If you are not a believer then you don’t just need to turn around a habit or an attitude. God is calling you to turn your life around. He loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die in your place. Through Jesus, God is offering you the opportunity to be forgiven and made clean. No more guilt, no more burden, no more despair. In Jesus Christ you will have life and have it abundantly. It’s your choice. If you’re tired of living life apart from God, then let him know. You can say it like this:

“Lord Jesus I am a sinner. I’m lost and on my own I can’t find my way home. But you died on the cross to save me from the eternal consequences of my sins and today, this very moment, I repent and I put my life in your hands. I want to be with you forever. Come into my heart Lord Jesus and make your home there. I give my life to you. I pray this in your holy Name. Amen.”

You can read the full entry here.

An Advent Choral Service with the O Antiphons in your own living room

December 17, 2013

For $10 you can download a wonderful Advent recording and enjoy a traditional Advent Choral Service in your own home:

An Advent Procession based on The Great "O" Antiphons

at iTunes

at Amazon (CD and MP3 versions)

This album, An Advent Procession based on the Great O Antiphons, by the Choirs of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, contains recordings of all the O Antiphons, Scripture readings, Collects and a number of traditional Advent hymns as well.

Listening to this is truly beautiful and a wonderful way to be still and meditate on Jesus in this final week before Christmas.  There are 34 total tracks (for about an hour of worship.)  The service is arranged in chronological order for each of the seven O Antiphons, so you could listen to an Antiphon, a Scripture, a Collect and a hymn each day for the next seven days of Advent.


Other recordings containing the O Antiphons include:

Advent Carols from Saint Johns (iTunes)

And Comes the Day: Carols and Antiphons for Advent (Queens College Cambridge)  (iTunes)

Celebrating 5000 entries at Lent and Beyond!

April 17, 2012

It was just over a year ago that Jill wrote a post celebrating 4000 entries at Lent & Beyond.  Today, we reach the 5000 post milestone on this version of the blog.  (Actually we’ve published more than 8500 posts, when you count in the 3500+ posts at our original blogsite!)

It’s fun that I’m in a short season of renewed blogging and get to commemorate it myself and highlight some of my favorite posts from the past 8 years!  I never could have imagined when I first started a Lent prayer campaignand associated blog in Feb. 2004 all that God would do in the years ahead, or that I’d still be blogging, albeit sporadically, 8 years later.

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RISEN! The Strife is O’er, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

April 11, 2012

reposted from 2009, with an updated music link

resurrection3(art credit: Web Gallery of Art)


LISTEN: The Strife is O’er

(Truro Cathedral Choir, from the Album Easter Joy, iTunes link)


The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

The Scourging

April 5, 2012

*Music links updated 2014*

Mark 15:15:  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus,
he delivered him to be crucified.

The Scourging

art credit:  Rubens “The Flagellation of Christ”


Listen: By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)

(There should be an embedded audio file above and a play arrow, but sometimes WordPress has been balky recently with embedded audio.  Should the song not be showing up, or not playing, you can find a YouTube version here.)


Listen: Stricken Smitten and Afflicted (Fernando Ortega, from his 2005 Album Beginnings, iTunes link)

(There should be an embedded audio file above and a play arrow, but sometimes WordPress has been balky recently with embedded audio.  Should the song not be showing up, or not playing, you can find a YouTube version here.)


Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
’Tis a true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed!
See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
Christ the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.

Thomas Kelly, 1804

[reposted from 2009]

St. Gregory the Great: Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

April 5, 2012

[reposted from 2007 and 2009]

Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

O Lord, you received affronts without number from your blasphemers, yet each day you free captive souls from the grip of the ancient enemy.

You did not avert your face from the spittle of perfidy, yet you wash souls in saving waters.

You accepted your scourging without murmur, yet through your mediation you deliver us from endless chastisements.

You endured ill-treatment of all kinds, yet you want to give us a share in the choirs of angels in glory everlasting.

You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns, yet you save us from the wounds of sin.

In your thirst you accepted the bitterness of gall, yet you prepare yourself to fill us with eternal delights.

You kept silence under the derisive homage rendered you by your executioners, yet you petition the Father for us although you are his equal in divinity.

You came to taste death, yet you were the Life and had come to bring it to the dead. Amen.

— Saint Gregory the Great

source: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/pray0540.htm

Art Credit: Web Gallery of Art, Tiziano, The Scourging of Christ, Oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome

A collection of fantastic Holy Week Devotions from the Pontifications blog from 2004

April 5, 2012

While reviewing some old 2004 Holy Week posts from the L&B archives at the Internet Archive site, I came across a post with links to 18 Holy Week devotional posts compiled by Fr. Al Kimel at his old blog Pontifications.  Amazingly, the archive links are working.  (I say “amazingly” because I had been under the impression that the blog’s archives had been totally destroyed and lost when Fr. Kimel lost the original domain name to the site).  Anyway… it is a great pleasure to find these links work.

Here’s the L&B archived post with all the links


Here’s a detailed list of all the linked entries

Prayer to the Lord Jesus Crucified

Every Day is Christ Crucified

He is the mute Lamb, the slain Lamb

The Agony

“The Judge Judged in our Place”

“The Crucifying Love of the Father, the Crucified Love of the Son”

“The Confession and Praise of God’s Holiness”

“O Sweet Exchange!”

Pange lingua gloriosi

“You see him, you touch him, you eat him!”

“Priest, Victim, Sacrifice”

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

“The greatest thief, murderer, adulterer, blasphemer”

“The Tree of Life and Glory”

“Hell has been filled with splendor”

“There is a great silence on earth today”

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

“O Heavenly Bounty, Spiritual Feast, Divine Passover”


Note: I’ve found that links to the internet archive are not always all that stable, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.  It is quite surprising to find any Pontifications archives links working at all because there was a domain name issue (a commercial site bought Fr. Al’s old domain name and subsequently blocked all his archives).  The moral of the story:  If a link works and you value the post, make a PDF (using http://www.pdfmyurl.com or a similar site) or save it in some other fashion.  I regret that I am unable to take the time early this Maundy Thursday morning to somehow preserve these entries, but hopefully the links will remain valid for some time.

Holy Tuesday Reflection: Mary’s Act of Devotion, Faith and Love

April 3, 2012

Music links updated 2014

[I know the story of Mary anointing Jesus' feet with perfume is not included in this year's lectionary for Holy Week, which is based on Mark, but it's something that's been on my heart to write about...]


Yesterday’s Holy Week reflection at Barnstorming about Mary washing Jesus’ feet struck me quite strongly – the contrast between Mary’s belief in Christ’s prediction of His suffering and death and the disciples’ denial. 

Mary ACTED on her belief in Christ’s words and teaching.  The whole post is worth reading as it challenges us: what would faith lived out look like in our lives – how are we being called to serve and sacrifice?  What can we do out of love for Jesus today?

Here’s an excerpt which highlights the parallels between Mary actions and love and Christ’s actions throughout Holy Week:

Mary acts out of faith even when she confronts a painful reality–she acknowledges Jesus’ predictions of His death and burial–she believes what His disciples refused to hear.

Jesus prays a few days later to have the reality of suffering lifted from Him, but in obedience, He perseveres out of faith and love for the Father.

Mary acts out of her steadfast love for the Master–she is showing single-minded devotion in the face of criticism from the disciples.

Jesus, on the cross,  shows forgiveness and love even to the men who deride and execute Him.

Mary acts out of significant personal sacrifice–pouring costly perfume worth a full year’s wages–showing her commitment to Christ.

Jesus willingly gives the ultimate sacrifice of Himself–there is no higher price to pay.

Mary responds to His need–she recognizes that this moment is her opportunity to anoint the living Christ, and His response clearly shows He is deeply moved by her action.

Jesus, as man Himself, recognizes humanity’s need to be saved, and places Himself in our place. We must respond, incredulous,  with gratitude.

Jesus tells Mary of Bethany (and us),  in response to the disciples’ rebukes, that it is her action that will be told and remembered.   She did what she could at that moment to ease His distress at what He would soon confront.  She did what she could for Him–humbly, beautifully, simply, sacrificially …

The full post is here.


Some songs that tie in with this reflection on the theme of Mary’s offering to Christ:

(Hopefully the playlist will work, but I’ve been having problems with WordPress and audio files this week. If the music does not play, try these links:  Pour my love, Alabaster box, At Your Feet.  But please respect copyrights and purchase the songs if you plan to keep them.)

art credit:  SusanBaily.org


In reading the account of Mary and Jesus found in John 12, I was startled by the verse that suggests that the perfume Mary’s sacrificed was worth 300 denarii (silver coins, perhaps worth about $20 each).  Yet Judas, who complains about Mary’s wastefulness, sold Jesus for only 30 silver coins! (It’s not specified that these are denarii, Scripture merely says “pieces of silver.”*) I have never consciously juxtaposed these two figures before.  Comparing Mary and Judas is sobering – do I give to Jesus without counting the cost or am I always trying to protect my self interest – no matter how petty?

In closing, I like  how one commentator describes how Mary’s sacrifice prefigures Christ’s lavish grace towards us all:

She had possession of the alabaster box and she chose to share it with her Lord.  She did not hoard it for herself or try to sell it, as the disciples would have liked, merely for monetary gain.  Its contents were more precious to her than any amount of money.  In fact, she gave expecting nothing in return, kind of like how God bestows us with His Grace even though we don’t ask for it.  It’s a free gift.  The perfume from that alabaster jar was like God’s grace poured out for all of us.

art credit: (Alabaster Jar)

*note:  The ESV online study Bible notes for Matt 26:15 suggest these pieces of silver paid to Judas may have been worth 4 months wages, which would make them equivalent to 120 denarii, still less than the perfume.


Update: not to get distracted by numbers and monetary values, but I found a cool online calculator which lets you convert Hebrew Biblical units into Roman Biblical units – thus you can convert from Shekels to Denarii.  The ESV notes for Matt. 26 suggest that Judas may have been paid 30 Shekels – in accordance with the passage in Exodus that sets the reimbursement for a slave gored by an ox at 30 Shekels.

So my question was, how do 30 Shekels compare with 300 Denarii?

This Biblical Unit Converter gives an idea: according to that site, 30 shekels = about 89 denarii.  Or, in reverse, 300 denarii = 101 shekels.  No matter how you measure it, Mary’s sacrifice is staggering when compared with the “rewards” of Judas’ betrayal of Christ.

Praying for the Church – “turn Your steps toward these everlasting ruins”

December 14, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about the brokenness and weakness and seeming fragility of the Church.  I left a comment on the blog Stand Firm yesterday which sums up some of my frustration and grief over the Church’s failure on this side of Heaven to be the radiant Bride, pure and victorious, which Christ died to redeem for Himself.  Here’s part of what I wrote:

I’ve been mostly off the blogs in recent weeks and very much hesitating to jump into this discussion [about the AMiA break from the Province of Rwanda], but I was struck by [a previous commenter's] heart cry:

I know it sounds trite and simplistic, but I only want the church Jesus is building.  Can someone please tell me where it might be today?

It echos a cry raised in Africa as well in circumstances and a context about as far removed from the Anglican Communion, TEC and AMiA messes as you can get.

The context I’m thinking of a 1st generation church in what has been an unreached people group, where the nascent “church” is very much a network of local cell groups, underground, about as close to the Pauline 1st century context as it’s probably possible to find today.  There is much to rejoice in.   Twenty-five years ago there were no known believers in this people group.  So the fact that there are believers and a nascent church is a wonderful miracle.  And yet at times it’s tempting to despair at the pride and sin and immaturity and divisions in the lives of these new believers and their leaders.  Our cry is for a pure, spotless, radiant church that reflects the fullness and perfect measure of Jesus, where believers speak the truth in love, where they serve out of love for God, not for personal gain, etc. etc.  We see so little maturity and so little transformation “from glory into glory.”

This morning, I read Psalm 74 as part of my devotional reading, and I was struck by how it could be used as a cry for the Church, a cry for God’s rescue & care and deliverance for His people from the enemies that seek to ruin Her and make Her an object of scorn and mockery instead of a display of His glory and splendor.

These verses particularly resonated with me and I poured them out to the Lord in prayer as a cry for the Church – the Church and believers in the nascent church described above, the AMiA, ACNA, TEC and the Anglican Communion – and also as a prayer for my own life and heart, as one of the sinful broken people who is part of the Church Christ died for.

Ps 74:2-3, 18-19, 22a (NIV)
Remember the people you purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, whom you redeemed– Mount Zion, where you dwelt.    Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Remember how the enemy has mocked you, O LORD, how foolish people have reviled your name.  Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.

Rise up, O God, and defend your cause …

“Turn Your steps toward these everlasting ruins.”  Yes, the Church oftentimes seems to be very aptly described as everlasting ruins, in need of God’s restoration, rebuilding, renewing.  O Lord come near.  Defend Your cause, do not forsake us!

Psalm 74 reminds us of the Lord’s power and sovereignty, that nothing is impossible for Him, giving us hope to trust that He can (and WILL) build, keep, protect, defend, restore and redeem His Church, His people:

But you, O God, are my king from of old; you bring salvation upon the earth. It was you who split open the sea by your power; … It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever flowing rivers.  The day is yours, and yours also the night; … It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth…

The rest of my comment at Stand Firm yesterday tried to focus on our Hope in Christ and His promises:

And yet if we believe God’s promises we WILL see it [that transformation from glory into glory].

I keep coming back to over and over again the wonderful truth and promise in Eph 3:10-11

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God’s purposes never fail, they are ALWAYS perfectly fulfilled, and God has willed and designed through this awful fragile fallible sin-ridden Body called the Church to display His wisdom and greatness and glory to the powers of hell.  He will have the victory!  He will complete the work He has begun in His people.

One of my hopes and prayers in this AMiA mess, thus, is that God would somehow get greater glory. As the utter weakness of all church structures and leaders, and the ugliness of sin is once again visibly on display for all to see, may God shine forth out of these cracked clay pots and astound the world at the beauty He is able to bring forth out of what looks to be an unredeemable mess.  He is the God of redemption, He Himself is our redeemer.

Come Lord Jesus.  May our redemption not only be a confession of words, but a reality demonstrated in transformed lives.

So Yes Lord, we cry “turn Your steps toward these everlasting ruins!”  May they, may we, may I be a display for Your glory, built on the foundation of Christ, exalting Him, even in our weakness.


By the way, for those who want to reflect further on God’s eternal purpose for the Church and the passage I’ve quoted above from Eph. 3, I highly recommend listening to John Piper’s exegesis of Ephesians 3 from the Lausanne Conference in South Africa last year, which I had the awesome joy and privilege of attending.  That exegesis, along with the amazing experience of being gathered together and worshipping with 4000+ other believers from virtually all the countries of the world did so much to expand my vision for the Church and to help me catch a glimpse of its beauty, stirring up my passion to pray for the fulfillment of God’s promises to complete His work and fulfill His purposes in us.

The links to John Piper’s talk (broken into two videos) are here:


A blessed Advent to all.


February 16, 2010


We’ve created this index of all Lent entries on the blog to help readers easily find the many different varieties of Lenten resources and devotionals we have posted in past years.

A Blessed Lent to all of our readers!

(last updated Feb 16, 2010)

1. Our Lent entries by category:

All of our Lent entries
Lent Devotionals
Lent: Family & Children
Lent Prayers
Lent Quotes
Lent Resources

Full index follows below

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Easter Quotes: St. John Chrysostom – Christ is risen and life is liberated!

April 21, 2009

Below is the final section – probably the best known portion – of St. John Chrysostom’s Easter sermon.  May the Lord fill us with joy as we remember these truths and may the Lord help us live in the victory of His conquest over sin and hell.  In Christ’s resurrection we are freed from the slavery to sin and liberated to truly live in His abundant life, to become who He created us to be.  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!


Art Credit:  Christ’s Descent among the Dead


Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!


Listen:  The Victor (Keith Green, No Compromise, 1978 )  iTunes link

Or you can watch a live 1978 performance of the song by Keith Green here.

some of the lyrics:

Swallowed into earth’s dark womb
Death has triumphed, That’s what they say
But try to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life rose on the third day

Just look
The gates of hell
They’re falling!
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through
The walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the Angels shout

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it!

His plan of battle
You know it fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry

Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent’s head
The prisoners of Hell
He’s redeeming (Oh!)
All the power of death is dead

A Prayer of Adoration for Easter: Te Deum Laudamus

April 17, 2009

From our archives, originally posted January 12, 2005

ADORATION: Te Deum Laudamus

Fra Angelico, Transfiguration

Te Deum Laudamus (1662 BCP)

WE praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin and Seraphin : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.

art credit: Web Gallery of Art Fra Angelico, Transfiguration, 1440-41, Fresco, Convento di San Marco, Florence

St. Hippolytus – Christ is Risen!

April 13, 2009


Art Credit: Web Gallery of Art

RUBENS, The Resurrection of Christ, c. 1612


Listen: Christ the Lord is Risen Today  (iTunes link)

(Steve Green, Hymns, A Portrait of Christ, 1992)


Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead,
the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever

St. Hippolytus (AD 190-236)

source: Churchyear.net

RISEN! The Strife is O’er, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

April 12, 2009

resurrection3(art credit: Web Gallery of Art)


LISTEN: The Strife is O’er

(Truro Cathedral Choir, from the Album Easter Joy, iTunes link)


The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!


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